Genuario Has Served His Time in (Budget) Hell. Rell Nominates Him For Superior Court Judge

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Over the years, Bob Genuario, the former Norwalk state senator who is Gov. Rell’s budget chief, has been one of the Blogster’s favorite people, going back to when the Senate was in the control of Republicans and Genuario was Appropriations Committee chairman during the first term of the Rowland administration. His wit and humor are […] [Read More]
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Women in Connecticut History Program for School Kids at Old State House

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Did you know that Hannah Watson was a Connecticut publisher during the American Revolution? Did you know that it is the 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage? Well it sounds like you’re a candidate to celebrate Women’s History Month in the Old State House. Or better yet, bring your child to represent the next generation of state […] [Read More]
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Energy Committee Approves Public-Hearing Requirement for Fuel Cell Sites

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Trumbull residents have been up in arms over a planned fuel-cell facility in the Nichols neighborhood. The legislative Energy & Technology Committee late Tuesday afternoon approved legislation that would require the Connecticut Siting Council to hold public hearings on such facilities. Currently, when firms seek declaratory rulings from the siting council, the panel doesn’t have […] [Read More]
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Partisan Budget Battle is Nowhere to Be Seen in General Assembly, But Takes Flight Before the CCM

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  Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, tussled with House Majority Leader Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield, this morning during a forum attended by about 40 people sponsored by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.  McKinney, speaking after House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, R-Norwalk said “I wish you guys could come and run this place for a month,” […] [Read More]
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Education Chairman Enjoys Run-on Sentence

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 The Blogster likes Sen. Tom Gaffey of Meriden, the co-chairman of the Education Committee. But Gaffey delved into the land of the run-on sentence in reaction today to the state Supreme Court’s ruling that keeps alive a complaint over the adequacy of public education in Connecticut. Here’s Gaffey’s quote, via audiotape: “It has the potential, certainly, […] [Read More]
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Sell the Seat of the Connecticut Legislature? Sounds like a Capitol Idea!

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Deputy Treasurer Howard Rifkin just spoke to the legislative Finance Committee on various revenue schemes, like Keno and “securitizing” future revenue streams. That means borrowing against the future. It’s among the variety of gimmicks the General Assembly is planning to paper over the current $500-million deficit and push off the next biennium’s nearly $4-billion deficit. […] [Read More]
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Three Laser Beams and a Pastry Party, Baseball Affiliation, Does Not a Governor Make

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The Blogster wonders why Waterbury Mayor Mike Jarjura was invited to the Democratic gubernatorial debate on NBC Connecticut tonight, but is glad the former House member was there with the other five pretenders to the party nomination. ”I’m the whole package,” Jarjura summed up, even though he hasn’t even filed papers for an exploratory committee. Still, […] [Read More]
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Environment Committee: Smoke ‘em If You Have Them (In Your Wood-Burning Furnace)

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  The bill that would have created tougher regulations on outdoor wood-burning furances for home-heating died in the Environment Committee “ Not only was the state legislature unwilling to do anything at all about outdoor wood furnaces/boilers – they would not even deal with wood smoke as a public health nuisance,” said Nancy Alderman, a public […] [Read More]
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